Alastair Cook concerned by Matt Prior fitness

Alastair Cook admits that Matt Prior's fitness is a "big concern" ahead of the Test series with Sri Lanka.

England captain Alastair Cook has admitted that the condition of Matt Prior is a "big concern" ahead of the Test series with Sri Lanka.

Prior is struggling to make a full recovery from an Achilles injury, and Cook believes that they simply can't afford to rush the wicketkeeper back for the first Test on June 12.

"It is a big concern," the England skipper conceded when asked about Prior's fitness.

"I've been speaking to him every week, and he's been doing everything he can. He's incredibly frustrated, because Achilles injuries are hard to heal.

"He's a big part of our plans, but we can't rush a guy back. That wouldn't be fair on him or to the England team."

Prior was dropped from the side after three matches in the Ashes series during the winter.

England's Chris Jordan celebrates after taking the wicket of Sri Lanka's Dinesh Chandimal during the third One Day International (ODI) cricket match between England and Sri Lanka at Old Trafford, northwest England, on May 28, 2014
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